Rank and file CORE endorses Bernie Sanders in spite of national AFT endorsement for Clinton

CORE meeting in ChicagoSubstance News reports that “after a heated debate, the Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE) of the Chicago Teachers Union voted at its February 22, 2016 regular meeting to endorse the candidacy of Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the March 15, 2015 Democratic Party primary in Illinois. The vote was overwhelming in support of Sanders (this reporter is a member of CORE and was present and voting at the meeting).”

The Union members were not please with the Clinton endorsement by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The endorsement vote came in part in response to the fact that for more than six months, the Chicago Teachers Union (and hence all CORE members) had been forced to support the Clinton candidacy. The Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) had endorsed the Clinton candidacy after a controversial “push poll,” which AFT President Randi Weingarten tried to characterize as a “survey” of the union’s members, hence justifying the early Clinton endorsement.

This meeting was one of the largest meetings in CORE history, and there were several attempts to postpone the vote. Thanks to persistence of Bernie Sanders supporters, the vote occurred and was overwhelmingly in favor if Bernie.

There was some attempted misinformation, but at the end of the day, the truth won out.

One of those trying to deny the Bernie endorsement claimed was that Bernie had not been active in Chicago on “our issues.” In fact, the opposite was true. As the photo at the top of this article shows, Bernie Sanders was the national candidate who came to Chicago and supported “our issues.” Hillary Clinton, the former Wal Mart director, was at the time avoiding Chicago, apparently counting on the manipulation of the tiny AFT leadership clique to bring her money and “support.”

Click here for more details on this meeting and vote.


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